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    Timothy D. Paustian

    Distinguished Faculty Associate

    2517 Microbial Sciences Building
    Office: (608) 263-4921


B.S., Biochemistry, University of Wisconsin-Madison 1985
Ph.D., Bacteriology, University of Wisconsin-Madison 1989


  • Microbiology 303: Biology of Microorganisms
  • Microbiology 304: Biology of Microorganisms Laboratory
  • Microbiology 527: Physiology of Microorganisms Laboratory
  • Microbiology 551: Physiological Diversity of Procaryotes Laboratory


The Bacteriology department has a gifted team of instructors (Robin Kurtz, Jon Roll, Michelle Rondon and myself) that teach the instructional laboratories and a few of the lectures in the Microbiology major. The courses in the major are taught on a rotational basis, and I teach Microbiology 303, Microbiology 304, Microbiology 527 and Microbiology 551 in various years.

I am also active in the scholarship of teaching, participating in seminars and presentations. Recently I won an engage grant to incorporate the use of a wiki in teaching our capstone course (Microbio 551) to encourage communication and collaboration between students. I have given several presentations and posters on this work, including a poster at the 2010 Presidents Summit on Teaching and Learning and a presentation at the 2010 Teaching and Learning Symposium run by the teaching academy.

  • CALS and L&S Undergraduate Advisor - Microbiology and Biology
  • Co-director of the Masters Degree program in Bacteriology
  • Author of Through the Microscope, an online microbiology textbook, and Virtual Microbiology